WELCOME TO THE COBELL SCHOLARSHIP

As applicants prepare for the 2018-2019 Academic Year Cobell Scholarship Application Cycle, IEI is encouraging self-conducted research on Elouise Cobell and the Cobell v. Salazar Settlement by reviewing the documents in the ‘About the Cobell Scholarship’ section below. This research will better prepare applicants to respond to updated community engagement and leadership application questions as they relate to Elouise and the Settlement.

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ABOUT THE COBELL SCHOLARSHIP

Indigenous Education, Inc. promotes The Cobell Scholarship’s goal to provide applicants and inquirers with the most beneficial information regarding this carefully established scholarship opportunity.

Our History

Learn more about the history behind the Cobell vs. Salazar litigations and the ultimate example of unwavering dedication, hard work and victory against all odds.

Elouise Cobell

In 1996, banker Elouise Cobell became the lead plaintiff in a class action suit, demanding back payment and better accounting on Individual Indian Money Accounts managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Thirteen years later, the federal government settled for $3.4 billion, the largest settlement in U.S. history.

MEET THE COBELL SCHOLARSHIP ADMINISTRATOR, INDIGENOUS EDUCATION, INC.

The Cobell Scholarship is administered by Indigenous Education, Inc. whose growing staff of individuals are committed to the overall success of the program and each awarded recipient.

Melvin Monette-Barajas President and Executive Director

Bridget Neconie Director of Scholarships and Programs

John Garland Director of Research and Student Success

Maloni Fox Communications Coordinator

Mary Jane Cordova Office Manager

Julia Mosconi Engagement Coordinator

Shea Gonzalez Office Assistant

MEET OUR STUDENTS

Indeed there is strength in numbers. Here is a look at some past and present strong recipients of the Cobell Scholarship. To suggest a student profile, email scholarships@cobellscholar.org.

Arlin Thomas of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians:

“My name is Arlin Thomas, but most people know me as Ajay. I am from Belcourt, North Dakota and the best thing people have going for them here is education, our beautiful land, our heritage, and the people. Apart from the military, I have lived on the reservation my whole life. I am very proud to be from our reservation known as Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

When I began high school, I was the typical teenage athlete student who cared more about sports than education. Come this fall, I will be two years away from graduating with my bachelor’s in secondary science. Along the way, I have learned to appreciate and gain much respect for higher education. Higher education is they key tool in achieving success. I am a firm believer in global warming and higher education and I believe that it is very important to be educated in the most current scientific practices and studies. It is also very important for younger generations to understand how to take care of mother earth while keeping current with new scientific studies and discoveries.”

Chestina Dominguez of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation:

“Chestina Dominguez is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, located in the Pacific Northwest. In her tight-knit tribal community, her educational aspirations include building family support for students and schools which lead to her educational focus in Early Childhood Education. She is currently attending Yakima Valley College and will be graduating this June with her AAS in Early Childhood Education. Chestina’s academic standings have earned her an induction into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She met the induction requirements by maintaining a high GPA standing and by being placed on the President’s List each quarter. Alongside her academics, her love of family, teaching, and community is shown by her community engagement through her volunteer work. Chestina’s current volunteer work includes University of Washington/NASA-sponsored middle school after-school science program, Community Representative on the Yakama Nation Head Start Policy Council, PTO board member at Toppenish Garfield Elementary, and she also organizes clothing drives for local homeless shelters throughout the year.

Chestina’s personal philosophy and the reason for achieving her higher education goals in life are to encourage and build resilience in others. Her personal understanding is investing in the future of her tribe needs to start by building a foundation of education, love, and resilience in her tribe’s youngest learners. She stated, “Our children are our future, and we must love them, and give them a strong educational foundation, so they can take us further.”

Chestina would sincerely like to thank the Cobell Scholarship for not only the opportunity for being a Cobell Scholarship Student Spotlight but also being awarded the Cobell Scholarship. The Cobell Scholarship has lightened the financial burden of higher education, which has allowed Chestina to focus on the most important aspect of school: learning. She would also like to thank her family, friends, Yakima Valley College faculty, and her nieces and nephews who are her everyday inspiration. “

Frequently Asked Questions

For all other questions that are not answered here, please email scholarships@cobellscholar.org.

COBELL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Cobell Scholarship information is categorized into four (4) areas with a PDF for each area available for printing: Scholarship Program Myths and Facts, General Eligibility Criteria,  General Scholarship Application Information, and Information for Finalists. These will be links to PDF’s

The Cobell Online Application & Scholarship Information System (OASIS) also has an FAQ tab for applicant convenience.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT FINANCIAL AID

The Office of the US Department of Education has a user-friendly informational website containing good information for students, families and community members.  Learn about preparing for college, the variety and types of available aid, qualifications for aid, applying for aid, and information about student loan management.  Click HERE to be redirected to their site. There’s also a useful glossary of terminology HERE.

The College Board has several good tools to help select a college, explore careers, pay for college, get into college(s), and guidance to make a plan.  Information about financial aid can be particularly useful; however, their entire site is recommended and can be accessed HERE.

COBELL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Both Merit-based and Need-based, the competitive Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is; an enrolled member of a US Federally-Recognized Tribe, enrolled in full-time study and is degree-seeking. Applicants must plan to attend or be attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution.
Applicants must be pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degree, or certificate.

All Finalists must demonstrate an unmet need through a process that will be coordinated with the IE staff. And, all Finalists will demonstrate tribal enrollment through a verification process that will be coordinated with the IE staff.

Application questions and other comments can be submitted at the bottom of this webpage.


Verification Processes

A series of verification will be required from applicants who are chosen as Finalists after the review process is completed. The verification includes, but is not limited to: Financial Need Analysis (FNA), Tribal Enrollment Verification (TEV), proof of institutional enrollment (course schedule, etc.), copy of most recent transcript, and a high-resolution/high quality photograph of the applicant.

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RESOURCEFUL LINKS

Many online resources are available and the Indigenous Education, Inc. staff will work to continuously compile and maintain this list of links that can provide applicants with the most helpful information possible.

To suggest resources for this page, email information to scholarships@cobellscholar.org.

Indigenous Education, Inc. Webinar Series


The Indigenous Education, Inc. Webinar Series is a great tool to help improve your educational experience. Webinar topics range from grad school test prep, to FAFSA tips, to Cobell Scholarship Application Guidelines. New webinars will be shared roughly every month – stay up to date with coming IEI webinars by following the Cobell Scholarship Facebook Page.

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Financial Aid Resources


Federal Student Aid – Find out how to complete the FAFSA and maintain your federal student aid profile.  Great resources for families as well as individual students.

The American Indian College Fund – The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to students attending Tribal College and University students, and undergraduate and graduate students attending any other accredited public and non-profit private college all across the United States.

The American Indian Graduate Center – The AIGC provides scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at accredited institutions as full-time, degree-seeking students.

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society – AISES provides scholarships to students and provides so much more in student leadership, mentorship, involvement and service.

Scholarship Opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students is a resources page maintained by the federal Bureau of Indian Education.

Testing for College and Graduate School


The PSAT and SAT are administered by the College Board

The ACT suite of products and services can be found here

GRE – the Graduate Record Exam

GMAT – the Graduate Management Admission Test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council

LSAT – the Law School Admissions Test is administered by the Law School Admissions Council

MCAT – the Medical College Admission Test is administered by the Association of Medical Colleges.

PCAT – the Pharmacy College Admission Test is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges.

DCAT – the Dental College Admission Test is administered by the American Dental Association.

Other Resource Links


COLLEGE HORIZONS – is a pre-college program for Native American high school students open to current sophomores and juniors.  Each summer students work with college counselors and college admissions officers in a five-day “crash course.”  The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid. Students research their top 10 schools; complete college essays, resumes, the Common Application, and the preliminary FAFSA; receive interviewing skills and test-taking strategies (on the ACT and SAT) and financial aid/scholarship information.

GRADUATE HORIZONS – a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school).

BIG FUTURE is a program of the College Board designed to help students track their own path to college and career.

Study Public Health, Change the World – find out if Public Health is for you

The public health profession cuts across many different disciplines. Use the SOPHAS Academic Program Finder to search degree programs from over 80 schools and programs.

Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) . Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We place particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.

Contact us at your convenience

The Cobell Scholarship Team is available to address any questions or concerns regarding the scholarship process or other related inquiries. Simply complete and submit the form below.

Indigenous Education, Inc.
The Cobell Scholarship
6501 Americas Parkway NE Suite 825
Albuquerque NM 87110

Direct: (505) 313-0032

Toll Free: (844) 551-0650

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